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Nematodes

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 19:42

Wondered about that too....if nematodes already exist in the soil how come we need to add to their numbers?  Perhaps they are a foreign breed??  Or slugs breed so fast they outnumber existing nematodes....??

Anyway, I will be using nematodes for slugs in veg plot this year and in the lawn in late  summer. I think the organic wool slug pellets are pretty useless. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 19:36

Sorry folks.  I had to sell the castle.  Damn council tax demand. 

Is this a 'smoke bush'?

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 14:09

Charlotte, it benefits by being cut back hard, albeit at the expense of,those flowers.  I prune back annually to 15 to 30 cm from the base.  I also pinch back new shoots a couple of times during the growing season ...does two things.  Firstly makes it more dense. Secondly it produces better colour.  if you want a compromise you can cut back alternate shoots and leave others intact. 

it grows fast from cutting back hard......will grow at least 2 metres in one season.  

......the good guys

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 13:01

Yes Mark 

DWARF CONIFERS

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:58

Louise, juniper blue star.  It's as blue as any foliage plant,  it's compact, it's easy. It's adaptable. It will never outgrow it's space but if it did it can be pruned. Get a Spirea goldflame next to it for spectacular colour from spring to autumn,  

Lychnis chalcedonica - vesuvius

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:56

Coronaria is divided every year to produce a "permanent" plant.  For me it's the best of the bunch.....lovely grey, almost evergreen,  foliage and flowers all summer.  There are better reddish foliage perennials than Vesuvius .....heucheras, geranium black beauty, penstemon huskers red, euphorbia rubra, etc

......the good guys

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:47

Was sent a wrongly named helenium from Perennials of Distinction.  Excellent plant but not until late summer, when it flowered, that I realised the error.  no quibble and no excuses and a replacement is promised next month.  contact with this firm was pleasant and I'm sure replacement will arrive as promised. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:40

Lily, hocus pocus has purple/plum foliage and bright blue flowers.  

Beautiful weather right now.  Already planted out pulmonaria blue ensign divided last spring.  Yellow hellebore Next door 

Hello Everyone

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 12:32

I like Nigel too.  Like my own dog. Like my brother"s dog........most dogs actually. But GW is not, should not be, about a dog.  I can share hostafans's hate mail now . (mind you, I shouldn't jest.  Animal rights supporters are amongs the most dangerous on the planet)

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 08:30

Moistish soil I think Dove.  some geraniums need experimenting with I think to be at their best.  Even with best research some of them defy the theory. have a similar geranium in black beauty ...lovely this.....that was moved a few times before I was satisfied. 

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